WIC Vendors - Pharmacy


Effective May 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015, the WIC Program is implementing a temporary moratorium on accepting applications for new WIC groceries and pharmacies.  All complete applications received prior to May 1, 2015, will continue to be processed; however, the pre-authorization inspection may be delayed due to eWIC rollout activities.

To effectively manage the launch and implementation of electronic benefits transfer (eWIC) throughout the state, a moratorium on vendor applications has been approved by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service. The moratorium will ensure the State WIC Vendor and Integrity Unit’s ability to provide quality training and support to all currently authorized WIC vendors during the eWIC rollout.

The WIC Program will continue to issue food benefits to all eligible participants throughout eWIC implementation.

During the moratorium period:

  • The WIC Vendor Management staff will consider applications where participant access is determined to be inadequate. 
  • Applications from new vendors submitted after May 1, 2015, will be reviewed on or after October 1, 2015.

The WIC Vendor and Integrity Unit thanks you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions, please call 608-266-6912. 

Any owner of a pharmacy located in Wisconsin may apply for authorization as a WIC pharmacy vendor. Vendors shall not accept WIC benefits until all application requirements are met, including completing forms and submitting supporting documents, passing a site visit, completing a training program and receiving an authorization letter from the WIC Program. Completion of the application does not guarantee WIC vendor authorization. Submission of false information will result in denial of the application. WIC authorization does not transfer to a new owner when a change of ownership occurs.

Conditions of Eligibility Vendor Must Meet

  1. An acceptable history with WIC and other food and nutrition service programs of the USDA.
  2. The vendor has a fixed location.
  3. The vendor has regular established hours of operation.
  4. Charge a price for infant formula which is comparable to the average price charged by other vendor applicants in the project service area in which the pharmacy is located, as determined by the state WIC office.
  5. Have a satisfactory site visit by the state or local WIC project wherein it is determined that:
  • prices are marked on the formula containers or posted in the immediate area where foods are kept in the customer area of the store;
  • prices are not substantially higher than those listed on the application;
  • the store is not in violation of applicable federal, state or local health protection laws and ordinances;
  • authorized formula is not older than the expiration date indicated on the package or are otherwise fresh.
  1. Following an acceptable site visit, participate in a training program at a location designated by local WIC Project staff. A signed contract, authorization letter, WIC vendor number, and educational materials will be distributed at the training session.

Duration of Authorization  

The Wisconsin WIC Program has a three-year authorization contract period. Refer to the Agreement Between the State of Wisconsin and the Vendor (see below) for details on the current contract period. If the vendor wishes to continue to be authorized beyond its current agreement, the vendor must reapply for authorization.

Application Materials

Other Documents Required

  1. Proof of ownership of business and/or building. Examples of proofs include, but are not limited to:

    • Bill of sale.

    • Lease agreement (business and/or building).

    • Franchise agreement.

    • Offer to purchase or purchase agreement (business and/or building).

    • Deed.

  2. Copy of the Pharmacy License.

  3. Required registration with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). Any corporation or partnership must be registered with DFI and be in good standing. Go to www.wdfi.gov for more information.

  4. If your store has been open and operating for more than six months, provide copies of the four most recent months of Wisconsin Sales and Use Tax Forms (Form ST-12) filed.

Regulations, Statutes and Administrative Rules

Determination Period

Applications are reviewed within 90 days of receipt of complete applications. If the application is not complete, a notice of incomplete items will be sent and the application will not be processed further. An application returned due to incompleteness may, following completion, be resubmitted within 15 days to the State WIC Office, or a new application may be submitted at any time.

Forms for Authorized Vendors

Department Contact

WIC Vendor Integrity
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659

Last Revised: July 23, 2015